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‘Still brothers’: seven decades of separation fails to fray South Korean family ties

Lee Su-nam says time has made his 86-year-old brother’s memory fade but that ‘everyone is still family’
South Korean Lee Su-nam on his way to meet his brother Lee Jeong-song in North Korea. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

The moment Lee Su-nam walked into an ornate hotel ballroom in North Korea and laid eyes on his brother for the first time in almost 70 years, he was filled with bittersweet emotions. It was a joyous reunion, but he struggled to recognise the man across from him, and will likely never see him again.

The two men wept and embraced, but both were at a loss for

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